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Ascent of White Pine Peak 11360 on 2017-08-01

Climber: Eric Morrill

Date:Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:White Pine Peak 11360
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:11360 ft / 3462 m

Ascent Trip Report

With Robert Morrill and Lucia Pacca, we hiked in for a one-night overnight in the beautiful valley to the east of the ridge between Currant and White Pine Peak 11360, starting from the seventh and final switchback in the 4W road that cuts highest up into the hill (shown on the forest service map). We countoured from our car to the south, and slightly west, until we were in the right seasonal creek. No water was to be found, which was fine, since we'd brought plenty in our packs. After hiking in 3 miles, we set up camp to the north of the drainage, at the edge of a stand of pines and on a pleasant, low-sloped ridge that provided several nice flat areas. No tent was necessary, and, despite having brought one up from the car, we chose to sleep under the stars.

The next morning, August 5th, we stayed on the slope to the right side of the drainage, above the aspen in the pines, working our way up until we arrived at the cliffs that dominate the ridgeline on the ridge that juts out eastward and down from the main ridge between Currant and 11360. After skirting the cliffs on the south side for some distance (I recommend skipping the first possible ascent as you contour up and west towards the main ridge, as it will require more ridgeline scrambling than necessary), we cut uphill to a nice saddle adorned with bristlecone, from whence it was a straight shot up to the main ridge. The ridge is rocky and at times a bit steep, but mostly easy going all the way to White Pine 11360. We returned almost the way we came, changing our route only to drop lower sooner once we left the beautiful bristlecone saddle.

This was more or less a repeat of our route when we went up Currant, except that we turned south towards White Pine 11360 this time, and we did it as an overnight.
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